Dingo’s International Jazz Day celebrations return this year as Jazz in the North with another jam-packed day of Australian jazz artists.

International Jazz Day – chaired and led by UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock – is declared to be “the world’s largest celebration of jazz as a force for peace, intercultural dialogue and international cooperation.”
As noted by Hancock during 2023’s showcase event, “Respect for human dignity is firmly integrated into the DNA of jazz. International Jazz Day honors this important value by embracing the peace and freedom that jazz so eloquently proclaims. And that is the spirit of jazz – finding delight in diversity and creating harmony out of our differences.”

It is with this spirit that Dingo’s Jazz in the North celebrates the richness and diversity across different aspects of the Australian jazz community.

Jazz in the North will celebrate the richness and diversity across different aspects of the Australian jazz community. Building on this annual event, Welcome to Brunswick will come alive with Melbourne’s finest emerging and established jazz artists in a relaxed family friendly setting. 

Plus we’ll have CD’s, print music, books and other merch. Grab a meal, have a drink and enjoy Australian jazz artists. 

Welcome To Brunswick  – 408 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, April 27, 2024
Free event


2:35pm – Merri-bek City Band Phoenix Project
4:10pm – The Whoopee Project Xpanded!
5:10pm – The Mouth featuring Ray Pereira and Julien Wilson
6:45pm –
Mark Morand’s 32 Bars
7:45pm – Stella Anning (band)


Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music Jazz & Improvisation Department are a key partner for the event, presenting a mixture of large and small ensembles led by staff (sessional and continuing) during the day.


Plan you day – for more venue information or to view menu visit the Welcome to Thornbury website.




The Whoopee Project Xpanded!

The Whoopee Project is a genre-busting progressive-polka-experimental-kozmigroove-post-funk-symphonic-hard-rock-avant-ska sonic conceptualisation collective, striving to guide the listener to higher levels of consciousness through a finely distilled sonic cocktail of saxophones, sousaphones, violins, drums and more!

Performing a diverse range of music, from Raymond Scott to Zappa with a dash of Rimsky-Korsakov thrown in, come get your Whoopee on!

The Mouth featuring Ray Pereira and Julien Wilson

Master percussionist Ray Pereira and Saxophone virtuoso Julien Wilson formed THE MOUTH to explore new original music influenced by the rhythms of Cuba, West Africa and Sri Lanka.

The compositions of the group use rarely heard rhythms as a basis for these compositions, where the saxophone and guitar weave harmony and melody around the intricate polyrhythms created by the band.  Robbie Belchamber plays guitar, Quinn Knight drums and Ash Howell electric bass . This is music for both your head and your feet.



Mark Morand’s 32 Bars

32 swingin’ new Australian showtunes, filmed live in 32 fabulous bars – it’s that simple.

32 Bars released their 16th song, “Margaret River Moon”, filmed and recorded live at the Brunswick Ballroom, on 25 March 2024, and with Song 17 currently in the editing suite they are super-excited to be filming Song 18, “Catapult”, at Jazz in the North, along with a full set from the 9-piece band featuring their four sensational vocalists – bring your dancing shoes!






 Stella Anning (band)

STELLA ANNING (BAND) Electric guitars, jazz-school chord changes and alt-rock all live under the same roof for the Jazz/Soul group from Naarm. With Stella’s audacious telecaster sound and her soulful voice, she is joined by some of Naarm’s most extraordinary musicians; with Selene Messinis on keys, bassist Richard Rose and drummer Kyrie Anderson.